Our society seems to flourish on ME. What can you do for me? What does your organization have to offer me? What can I get out of this? This seems to be a resounding theme in our culture, which is opposite to the Jesus culture that Jesus created.
In the Old Testament we were given the laws and the commandments, but in the New Testament Jesus redefined it all, He summed it all up into two commandments. ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
He made it simple for us – two things to remember! Love Him with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind and love our neighbors as ourselves.
We can break that command up into three questions:
- Whom am I to love?
- What am I to do?
- How am I to do it?
The definition of love is:
- to welcome, to entertain, to be fond of, to love dearly, benevolence
- to approve of, to like, to treat affectionately or kindly, to welcome, befriend, to show signs of love, to be friendly to one, wish him well
- To esteem, love, indicating a direction of the will and finding one’s joy in something or someone.
- To respect, veneration, meaning to love and serve with fidelity
- Love is caring in action. It is an action, not a state of being. It is a habitual action that often reflects a lifestyle. It is in the active voice which means that we carry out the action.
What does that picture look like? How do I love my neighbors as myself? What would happen if we turned our questions around? Turning, What can you do for me? into What can I do to help? Asking the questions, What can I do for you? or What can I give? What would happen in our homes, jobs, churches, schools, neighbourhoods if we began to ask the question, ‘what can I do’?
By changing our focus from ourselves and onto others we create an environment for fulfillment and an environment for God to work through us. What would our impact on those around us look like if we daily became dispensers of His love and goodness? When we create an environment for God to work, exciting things begin to happen – miracles, God moments and encounters. Possibilities begin to open that were not there previously. When we invest in others we take our minds off of ourselves and our problems; we begin to live much happier and more fulfilled lives.
Be a dispenser of His love and goodness!